What does skittish mean?

Definitions for skittishˈskɪt ɪʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. skittish, flighty, spooky, nervous(adj)

    unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

Wiktionary

  1. skittish(Adjective)

    Easily scared or startled; timid.

    The cat likes people he knows, but he is skittish around strangers.

  2. skittish(Adjective)

    wanton; changeable; fickle

    Skittish Fortune's hall. uE000164776uE001 Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skittish(verb)

    easily frightened; timorous; shy; untrustworthy; as, a skittish colt

  2. Skittish(verb)

    wanton; restive; freakish; volatile; changeable; fickle

  3. Origin: [See Skit, v. t.]

Freebase

  1. Skittish

    Skittish is a Mike Doughty album recorded with indie rock producer Kramer in one day, July 5, 1996, and mixed on July 6. Frustrated by the acrimonious sessions for Soul Coughing's Irresistible Bliss, and attracted to Kramer's signature minimal, reverby sound, Doughty took a batch of songs—some rejected by, some withheld from Soul Coughing—and crossed the river to bang the disc out at Kramer's studio, Noise New Jersey, a gigantic, shag-carpeted room built as an addition to a house by a would-be Disco musician in the 70s, to which Kramer added huge echo plates running down either side of his garage—the source of his trademark haunting sound. Though Kramer built up some songs in Doughty's absence, with strings and organ, the disc is mostly a stark affair. Doughty's riffs--often using a guitar rhythm Doughty calls the "gangadank"--punctuate emotional lyrics on songs such as "The Only Answer" and "The Pink Life". It was extremely different from Soul Coughing, and confused by the sonic departure, his label, Warner Bros., rejected it. But the album found its own life. Versions of the songs, often featuring extra instruments as experimental mixes, ended up on Napster as The Skittish Sessions. When Doughty quit Soul Coughing in 2000 and hit the road as a one-man act, he was astonished to find audiences singing along to these tunes. He quickly printed up white label versions of the CD and sold them himself at the gigs, selling 20,000, mostly by hand at the front of the stage after the shows.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skittish

    skit′ish, adj. unsteady, light-headed, easily frightened: hasty, volatile, changeable: wanton.—adv. Skitt′ishly.—n. Skitt′ishness. [Skite.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skittish in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skittish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steven Fisher:

    Around 5-5:30 in the evening I'd see him out there with a couple kids. He seemed skittish, always looking over his shoulder to see if anyone was watching.

  2. Arun Bharath:

    Investors are being a little bit skittish and taking some profits, there are clearly some concerns that what is happening outside of the U.S. may impact the U.S. at some point.

  3. Paul Taylor:

    The markets are skittish. The concern is that the OPEC guys are not stepping in to curtail production and put a floor under the oil price, now the question is whether you go in and start (chipping) away at some of these names.

  4. Gary Bradshaw:

    Employment numbers are coming out tomorrow and that's always a question mark, i still think there's a lot of people that doubt the market and they're still skittish and don't believe the rally or think they ought to be in bonds.

  5. Julianne Smith:

    For Americans the answer seems obvious, we simply have to try and do it all and be prepared for multiple scenarios. But for small countries that have very limited funding and a public that's a little skittish right now, it's a much tougher question to answer.

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